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Volume 9, Issue 3
March 2011

Community Announcements

Love to cook? Help others while doing it!

The Hands-On Cooking Class program at Oregon Food Bank is looking for volunteers in SW Portland and Washington County!

Our volunteer-led program offers hands-on cooking classes to low-income community members to help them maximize their food resources. A small group of students learn cooking skills, nutrition, menu planning, budgeting, and kitchen safety and sanitation. Armed with these new skills, participants begin to unravel the patterns of food insecurity.

Classes run in a series of six consecutive weeks. Each class is held once a week, for two hours. Sessions may take place during the week in the morning, afternoon or evening. Classes are conducted using materials in partnership with Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters ( Separate curricula serve children, teens, teen parents, and adult groups.

Volunteers receive thorough training and support in their roles as Chef Instructors, Class Assistants, and Grocery Shoppers. Contact Nancy Wong, 971-223-3372 for more information. Also see

Changes in the works for Pioneer Park

This park is located in an area that used to be part of Cedar Mill before Highway 26 was built. It's got a lovely little natural area and a small playground in the woods. It is located at Pioneer Road and Meadow Drive.

There will be a public meeting on March 31 at 6 pm in the Dryland Center at Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation Center. Two concepts will be provided. The park district is hoping families will attend with their children so they can get input on what kind of playground equipment is desired.

Business Recycling Workshops

Gain a marketing advantage over your competitors—reduce the amount of waste your business sends to the landfill and save money on your bottom line. Going green is not a fad; it is a business trend with a significant economic incentive. Join the movement by attending these free, focused business recycling workshops put on in collaboration with the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, City of Hillsboro, and Washington County Recycle at Work.

What can you expect?

  • Meet other Washington County business leaders.
  • Share best management practices in sustainability.
  • Learn more about the Recycle at Work Program and its free on-site technical assistance and resources.
  • Get the latest information on recycling requirements for all businesses.
  • Leave knowing how to improve your business' recycling performance and save natural resources and money.

Workshops will be held at the following locations from 11:30 am- 1 pm: March 24 at Solar World; June 23 at Pacific University Health Professions Campus; September 22 at AmberGlen Business Center.

The workshops are free; light refreshments will be served. For workshop details and to reserve your spot today visit

For more information on the Washington County Recycle at Work Program or to request free on-site technical assistance, contact us at (503) 846-8609 or, or visit us online at

City by Choice meets March 14

A City By Choice will be holding a General Meeting on Monday, March 14. The topic of discussion will be, "What is a Feasibility Study, why do we need one and what should it study?" This meeting will provide citizens with insight as to the need, benefit, process and the anticipated results. This is the information that will allow you to make an educated decision on what type of future governance you want for the area you live, work and play in. We will then have a work session to walk through the first draft of the proposal to identify and discuss what should be studied.

Some of the topics we will discuss are: What civic services would you like to have that you do not have today; Are there constraints on what you'd be willing to spend to obtain these services; What type of representation would you like to see for your neighborhood; If you had a Mayor, what type of power would you like him/her to have; What impact would additional representation and services have and how would it enhance the livability of our communities and quality of life?

Mark your calendars for Monday, March 14th from 7-9 pm. The meeting will be at 15220 NW Laidlaw Road in Suite 200. This is directly behind the Bethany Village Shopping Center above Huntington Learning Center.

All members of A City By Choice will receive an e-mail preview of the draft study approach by March 7. To become a member, sign up on our website at If you have questions, you can contact us at

THPRD completes Jackie Husen Park improvements

The park, at 10955 NW Reeves (just east of 113th) now has a 20' by 28' picnic shelter, complete with six picnic tables, a drinking fountain and barbecue. An assortment of colorful play structures nearby inspire not only fun but imaginative play for all ages and abilities.

In the center is a large, grassy open space available to the public for games and gatherings; it can also be used, on a limited basis, for local youth soccer practices during the season. A pervious (water-draining) asphalt pathway, benches and picnic tables surround the open space.

To improve access to the park, the frontage on Reeves Street has been upgraded with curbs, sidewalks and 11 new parking spaces. The parking lot provides 18 more spaces, and its pervious asphalt design will filter and reduce stormwater runoff.

The landscaping in the park features native trees, shrubs and ground covers, as is the case in the park's forested area, where invasive species have been removed and replaced with more natives.

Before long, the park will be connected to nearby Jordan Park with a new Cedar Mill Trail segment funded by THPRD's November 2008 bond measure. Construction of the trail segment is scheduled to begin this summer and finish in spring 2012.

We're pleased to make Jackie Husen Park a better place for kids to play, neighbors to meet, and families to gather. A dedication is planned for this summer, and everyone in the neighborhood will be invited. Questions? Call 503-629-6305.

Are you hiring?

Post your position with Sunset High School! It is that time of year when many students start looking for jobs. Let us help you connect with our students.

We'll post your job on our job board, and work with our students to make sure you get qualified applicants.

Please contact Ericka Pate, College & Career Specialist at (503) 259-5050. prompt #7 or (Please note: we cannot post babysitting positions)

Support Sunset High School Class of 2011 Grad Party

After the graduation ceremony on June 14, there is a BIG all-night celebration party. It is held as a safe drug- and alcohol-free event. The party is a gift from the parents to the graduates—the school does not fund the party. This is a highlight of the graduate's four years of hard work and personal growth. For many it is the last opportunity to be with friends and classmates before they all disperse to college and careers.

We have several fundraisers underway and would love your support. We're offering coupon books that are a great deal for families, with over $700 in 100% free services for only $20.00.

One pound bags of Longbottom coffee can be purchased at Sunset High School in the main office. We have a wonderful Sunset Blend in ground, whole beans, or decaf for $11 a bag.

If you are interested in helping support Grad Party 2011 please contact or call 503-466-9655. If a coupon book or coffee doesn't appeal to you, donations are always accepted and appreciated!

Mail checks to: Class of 2011 Grad Party Committee, c/o Sunset High School,

13840 NW Cornell Rd., Portland, Oregon 97229 or drop them off at the main office.

Thanks for your support and contributions in helping us make this a memorable night of celebration for our children's accomplishments.

bad drainClean Water Services needs your help—Report a problem

We need your help to keep the Tualatin River Watershed clean and healthy. What goes down the storm drain goes to the nearest stream and eventually the Tualatin River. Unfortunately, some people use storm drains to dump waste which kills fish and pollutes our watershed. If you see someone dumping paint, oil, soap, fertilizer or other waste into a storm drain, report it to our Source Control Department at (503) 681-5175. If you have other questions or concerns, please call our main number at (503) 681-3600 or email us. How you can help at home:

  • Mark neighborhood storm drains
  • Wash your car on the lawn or at a car wash
  • Limit use of chemicals in your yard
  • Pick up after pets
  • Take cleaning products, oil and other household waste to a community drop-off. Call (503) 234-3000 for info.
  • Recycle leftover paint at a location near you

Here in Cedar Mill we're lucky that our own Miller Paint store is a paint recycling center. Take your unused paint in cans to the store anytime!

Oak Hills looking for artists and artisans

Oak Hills will hold a springtime arts and crafts bazaar on Saturday, April 30 at the Oak Hills Rec Center. We are looking for artists and artisans who would like to rent a table for the event. Oak Hills residents are allowed to sign up first; after March 15, applicants from outside Oak Hills are welcome to submit an application.

Only handmade items are allowed, and they must have been made by the seller—re-sellling of items is not allowed. Table reservation is $30 and all sales go directly to the seller—we don't take a percentage of sales. Contact Micki Sparr at or 503-690-7122 or Doug Castagno, or 503-645-4303 for more information or to request an application.

Bring the forest home

Oregonians love their forests, and with good reason. Oregon has some of the best tree-growing conditions on the planet, and under the majestic trees, the plants on the forest floor seem to take up every square inch of ground. Besides offering beauty, this "understory" creates wildlife habitat while cleansing the air and water. These native plants adapt to urban settings very well. Native plants require less water and fertilizer, and attract wildlife. They are a perfect fit for those interested in both cost saving and "green" landscaping.

A group of owners of small tracts of forestland, the Washington County Small Woodlands Association offers a yearly opportunity for urban dwellers to share in the beauty and practicality of native plants through a native plant and tree sale held the Saturday, March 12. This will be the tenth year of the sale. All proceeds are dedicated to education: the organization has helped students go on field trips to the forest, supported the creation of the Tillamook Forest Center and awarded many college scholarships.

All plants are certified, quality nursery stock. With almost 2,000 plants, this may be the largest one-day sale of its kind in Oregon. Many species are becoming rare in our Oregon forests and non-existent in developed areas. Master Woodland Managers, Naturescaping experts and Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions about selection, suitability, planting and care.

The sale is held at Bales Thriftway Store, 17675 SW Farmington Rd., Aloha, on Saturday, March 12th from 9 am to 3 pm. For more information, visit or call Bonnie Shumaker at 503-324-7825.

Members of the Cedar Mill Garden Club recently participated in Garden Club Day at Al's Garden Center on Roy Rogers Rd. Pictured are Garnet Ascher and Pat Still.

Garden Club news

Francis White of Francis's Fuschias will be the featured speaker at the March 16 meeting of the Cedar Mill Garden Club, 11:30 am in Meeting Room B on the ground floor of the Beaverton City Library at Fifth and Hall. For information about our projects and activities visit our website or call 503-649-7741. All gardeners and wildlife lovers are invited to attend.

Potting parties for the 8th Annual Cedar Mill Garden Club Plant Sale, May 6-7, will begin in May. Anyone with plants to contribute please contact the club at 503-649-7741 or 503-296-6195,




Damn Yankees at Sunset High

The public is invited to attend Sunset's spring drama presentation of the '50s musical Damn Yankees. Performed by dozens of students from the performing arts departments, the musical tells the story of a man who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for a winning season for his favorite baseball team.

The show runs about 2 ½ hours, and will be presented at 7:30 pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays beginning March 3 and continuing through through March 12. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and students. A family ticket for up to five people is available for Thursday performances at a cost of $30. Reserved tickets are available on the Web at, the school's box office during lunch times, and at the door. Sunset High School is located at 13840 N.W. Cornell Road. For more information call 503-259-5050.



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